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Manage Your Time, Express Yourself & Discover the Joy of Planning! LOOK INSIDE FOR ALL THE INSPIRATION and information you need to eliminate mental clutter, set and achieve goals, and hone your creativity! Author and planning expert Rebecca Spooner takes you by the hand through all the different aspects of proactive journaling and planning, demystifying the ins and outs of this essential tool so you can get started on your own planner today.

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND: A POPULAR AND PROLIFIC BLOGGER, homeschooling mom to five young children, and wife to a Royal Canadian northern British Columbia, Canada, where her life is a constant balancing act. Planning has not only become a way to manage what would otherwise be complete chaos, but the writing and art that are a part of that process have become a creative,

from Bullet Journaling to the Alistair Method

• Details on how to create successful daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plans that work for you

• Hundreds of inspiring photos and examples of layouts and spreads for dozens of different uses

• Descriptions of running lists, brain dumps,

stress-relieving outlet. A self-taught artist,

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something beautiful and is passionate about helping others reconnect with pen and paper.

JOURNAL ME ORGANIZED THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PRACTICAL AND CREATIVE PLANNING

• Step-by step instructions to create

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JOURNAL ME ORGANIZED THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PRACTICAL AND CREATIVE PLANNING

Busy people who need to get a lot done but who also want to experience a full and rewarding life—not just an endless “to-do” list—are turning to planning as a tool for productivity and reflection. Join the artists, efficiency experts, and mental health professionals alike who use this powerful tool to structure and add meaning to each day. Author Rebecca Spooner makes it easy to get started with everything you need to know about how and why to plan; short and longterm goal setting; juggling multiple priorities; and overall time management. Then the fun truly begins with tutorials and examples for all kinds of pages from beautiful, minimalistic spreads to colorful, exuberant pages that telegraph the joys and pleasures of everyday life. Whether you’re wondering how to fit everything into a day, figuring out what to cook this week, outlining your dream vacation (and planning how to save for it!), or training for your first 5k, Rebecca’s creative pages, fun ideas, and easy-to-follow instructions will help you control your pandemonium and give you the breathing room you need to enjoy, not endure, your day.

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Get Creative 6 An Imprint of Mixed Media Resources 104 West 27th Street New York, NY 10001 Editorial Director Maius Minus llc Art Director Irene Ledwith Designer Alison Wilkes Associate Editor Jacob Seifert Photography Rebecca Spooner Additional Photography Marcus Tullis Production J. Arthur Media Publisher Caroline Kilmer Creative Director Diane Lamphron Production Manager David Joinnides President Art Joinnides Chairman Jay Stein Copyright © 2018 by Rebecca Spooner All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval systems—without permission of the publisher. The designs in this book are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy content for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Spooner, Rebecca (Homeschool blogger), author. Title: Journal me organized : the complete guide to practical and creative   planning / Rebecca Spooner. Description: New York : Get Creative 6, 2018. | Includes index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017056980 | ISBN 9781640210134 (paperback) Subjects: LCSH: Scrapbook journaling. | Diaries (Blank-books) | Appointment    books. | Time management. | BISAC: SELF-HELP / Creativity. Classification: LCC PN245 .S66 2018 | DDC 745.593/8--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017056980 Manufactured in China 13579108642 First Edition

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The process of creating this book has been more engrossing and complex than I ever could have imagined. The natural writer in me only considered the text portion of the project; I never thought about the hours of drawing, photography, and editing that went along with it. Throughout the process of scribbling notes on scraps of paper to capture every creative impulse, and sketching late at night in the flickering light of the TV, or typing furiously on the keyboard still in my pajamas in the afternoon, there have been so many people who have nurtured the artist in me. Whether it is long conversations and letting me dream (I’m raising a giant mug of coffee to you, Sonia) or encouraging my writing and the possibilities ahead of me (that’s all you, Mom and Dad), I could not have come this far without all of you. However, no one has been more instrumental in the creation of this book—taking up positions on the front lines of my writing career— than my family. Taking care of our five kids while I stole away to Starbucks to work, making dinner, putting up with my chaos and stress, my husband, Jonathan, has been my anchor. He has supported me and encouraged me and kept me going when I felt like giving up. He fed my coffee addiction and made sure I ate breakfast. He helped me set up a photography studio that eventually took over the basement. Without his support, this book truly would not have been possible. And to my littles—Caleb, Selah, Malakai, Aliyah, and Janiah—I love each one of you so much. You are my inspiration, and I am so thankful to each and every one of you! I am deeply indebted to my publishing team and specifically to Joan, who walked me through the process every step of the way and saw potential in me. I am grateful as well to Irene and Alison, who worked their magic with my pictures and put together a design that I couldn’t have envisioned on my own. Thanks go to everyone at Get Creative 6 who helped turn my dream into a reality. And to everyone else who is a part of my life: new friends and old, people who have prayed for me, encouraged me and helped with my kids, you know who you are. Thank you for believing in me and being a part of my journey.

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CONTENTS Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Chapter One: Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cerebral vs. Creative Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Choosing Your Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 My Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Planning Your Planner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Establishing a Planning Routine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Types of Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Planning Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Chapter Two: Breaking It Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Daily Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Weekly Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Monthly Layouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Quarterly Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Yearly Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Specialty Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Chapter Three: Collections

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Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Family Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Home Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

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Personal Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Chapter Four: Step by Step . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Watercolor Ombre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Layered Acrylic Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Watercolor Tip In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Brush Lettering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Cheater Brush Lettering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Photographic Journaling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Custom Tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Corner Bookmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116 Decorative Planner Clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Custom Pockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Make Your Own Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Templates and Traceables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

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INTRODUCTION PLANNING, WHICH CAN BE CONSIDERED A SPECIAL FORM OF journaling, is a method of mental organization that is rapidly increasing in popularity. I receive hundreds of comments from people who are discovering the freedom, efficiency, and focus that planning is giving them. Yet I receive nearly the same amount of messages from people who believe they are lacking in two areas that would prevent them from being successful at planning: creativity and attention to detail. When I began to consider creating this book, my first thought was that if I could do it, anyone could! I had never taken an art class, have very little discipline, and barely have enough time to hop in the shower. Keeping chaos under control is a challenge every day. By the time four p.m. rolls around and the demands of the dinner hour and bedtime loom before me, I can barely think! Yet despite my lack of artistic ability and time, planning has become not only a necessary part of my weekly routine, but also a welcome one. Instead of viewing it as a chore, I embrace it as time alone with my thoughts. I organize my days, weeks, and months, sometimes with broad strokes but often with detail. I smooth out the pages and begin drawing lines and doodles with my crisp black pen, and I find peace.

ACHIEVING PLANNER PEACE This contented state of mind is often referred to as “planner peace” in planner circles. (If you aren’t part of an online planning community, join one! There are literally hundreds of thousands of people forming communities with ideas and inspiration from all over the world.) Planner peace is the stage in your planning journey when you have found a system that works for you and a rhythm to your planning that is realistic and achievable. This is my goal for you. Perhaps you picked up this book because you are tired of cookie-cutter planners and calendars that don’t seem to fit. Maybe you have spent hundreds of dollars on pretty little planners and failed to stick with them time and time again. Perhaps the creative side of you is drawn to the possibilities of designing your own pages. Whatever your reason for opening up these pages, inside you’ll find an overview of what planning can look like, and guidance to give you the tools and confidence you need to begin. No matter who you are, no matter what your experience, you CAN do this!

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USING THIS BOOK There are really two sides to planning and there is no right or wrong way to do it. From a practical standpoint, many people choose to create their own planners because they want something that is functional, fast, and simple. Other people want to create something beautiful, an expression of their creativity, and a way to de-stress. Because these styles of planning are so different, this book has been divided into two sections. The first section walks you through everything you need to know and think about before you start planning. I’ll show you how to create your own layouts in a minimalistic fashion as well as more artistic forms. We’ll take a look at different daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and even yearly planning layouts to give you lots of ideas. We’ll discuss how you can use a planner to track and manage areas of your life such as work, school, budget, meals, bucket list— really, anything you like! The second part of this book focuses on the creative aspect of planning. I’ll give you guidance and inspiration on how to decorate your pages with stickers and washi tape, flourishes and color, watercolor and doodles, and with simple hand and brush lettering. I’ll take you step by step through some very simple techniques to use in your planner. These techniques require very few tools and little or no experience, so there’s nothing to fear! Friend, remember that planning is your journey. Enjoy the process and experiment with many different forms until you find what brings you planner peace. Don’t be surprised if you find you want to be both creative and practical.

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DISCOVERING YOUR INSPIRATION, WRITING YOUR STORY Before we get into the technical things like supplies and layouts, let’s talk about your inspiration. Snag an empty notebook or a piece of paper and a pen, and make a list of what inspires you. I’m not talking about life-changing people or events, but rather simple elements in your daily life that bring you joy. It could be sounds, smells, colors, a certain temperature, the weather—anything! Some of my inspirations are fresh-cut flowers, a pumpkin-vanilla candle softly glowing on the desk, a drizzle of rain, or a crisp morning that has me pulling on a cozy sweater, a purring kitten on my lap, a hot steaming mug of yummy coffee or tea, the color white, birds

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singing in the distance, some soft music playing, and a clutterfree space. Believe it or not, I even love a blank page! Just typing these things inspires me to go to this magical place, wherever it might be! I take my planner with me everywhere and have worked in it in many different places, but the more I can draw on these inspirational elements, the more creative and enjoyable the experience is.

ARTSY OR NOT Art can be defined as “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful OR that expresses important ideas or feelings.” Whether or not you plan on creating simple or intricate pages, when you create a planner full of your ideas and feelings, it is a work of art. And creating anything requires inspiration, something to spark your creativity. Your journey to planner peace may not always be easy. You’ll start off excited and eager and full of inspiration and optimism, but eventually, it will begin to plateau. You will run out of time, forget to update your planner, grow weary of the type of spreads you’ve been doing. You’ll spend time on the internet browsing through hundreds of layout ideas trying to find something that lights that spark again and works for you. When this time comes, you’ll thank me for reminding you that what you’ve done—and will do—is art. Light a candle or turn on some music, tidy up your space or cut some fresh flowers. Whatever your inspiration is, take a moment to experience it! It will help draw out your creativity and motivate you to keep going. Starting anything new takes time and consistency. You are creating a habit of planning that will help you be more organized, more productive, and more mindful. It does not happen overnight but it will happen if you give yourself room to try, fail, and try again.

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GETTING STARTED You don’t need much equipment to get started with planning—just a notebook and a pen. But it’s helpful to understand the different kinds of planning so you can get a feel for how you can best use and adapt this tool to your life. I’ll define the two main types of planning, and provide guidance on how to decide on a format for your layouts. I’ll also describe the different types of notebooks and discuss some additional supplies you may find useful. There is such an incredible variety of ideas and methods out there! This chapter will give you an overview of the different approaches, and how you can make them work for you. I can’t wait to show you inside my planner!

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CEREBRAL VS. CREATIVE PLANNING There are two different approaches to planning—cerebral and creative—and, generally, every planning method fits into one of these categories. While you will likely identify with elements of both of these, it is helpful to understand the difference between the two. Each of us has two different hemispheres of our brain: right and left. The left side of the brain is the seat of logical thinking. This side deals in facts, it thinks in chronological order and in words, and is mathematical and detailed. The right side of the brain is considered the artistic, creative side. It is the seat of the imagination and intuition, and is used for processing nonverbal cues and in thinking in images or pictures. Both sides of the brain work together and communicate with each other through bundles of nerve cells that form pathways from one side to the other. Although there’s no proof that healthy individuals have a dominant side in the same way that the majority of people have a dominant hand, many people feel they are more logical than creative, or vice versa. If you normally consider yourself logical and analytical, but are drawn to the beauty of creative planning, go for it! If you are normally the creative type, but like the straightforward cerebral side, give it a try. What will work for you in the long term is what you enjoy and find useful. While cerebral planning can be simple or detailed, creative planning is a very different process. Creative planning often involves mixed media, paint, and a more free-flowing

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schedule. It’s great for a week that doesn’t need a lot of structure or organization. This type of planning takes a lot more time than most of the minimalistic pages or spreads, but each of the two types has its own unique benefits to the user. You may find that you can’t stand the structure and detail of a cerebral system and are looking for a way to express who you are that still helps you organize your schedule, tasks, and goals. You may find adding color and imagery helps you remember details more clearly. Or maybe you desperately need some organization and structure in your life, a way to start working toward those goals that never seem to feel any closer. If you want to create a system that can carry all the information in your life and yet is easily accessible, cerebral planning might be a better overall fit for you, especially if you are tracking a pattern or need to refer later to specific dates. Whatever your needs are, I encourage you not to be bound to one specific method. Remind yourself that this is your planner, and there are no rules! You can try some minimalistic spreads, then play with some more artistic ones. Give yourself permission to be inspired, to try something new. You’re probably going to learn a

MY STORY I have always been a very logical and practical person, drawn to a minimalistic, concrete planning style. My practical side tells me that this style is more realistic, that it takes less time, that plain black and white is clean and beautiful in its simplicity. However, when I’ve occasionally become bored with my layouts, instead of putting my planner aside (I’ve simply found it’s too helpful to give it up), I pulled out my paint supplies to add a bit of color to my days. It’s opened up the creative side of me!

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CHOOSING YOUR SUPPLIES If the word “supplies” makes you think of a huge online shopping bill, stop right there! If there is one thing I want to impress upon you, it is this: DO NOT spend a fortune on planning supplies without knowing what to do with them, what you will like, or what kind of planning you want to do. Maybe you’ll wind up using them, but you do run the risk of wasting money and putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. START SMALL!

SELECTING A NOTEBOOK You can plan in anything: a composition notebook from the dollar store, a blank notebook from your local bookstore, a spiral notebook from the grocery store, or a fancy grid or dot grid notebook that you purchased online. One of my biggest regrets in my first year of planning was my all-or-nothing attitude. I made lots of mistakes, and I hated some of the spreads I tried. I was so unhappy with what I’d done that I’d throw that notebook away and start over. If this sounds like you, definitely begin with an inexpensive book. But try to remember, planning is not about perfection, it’s about life. Life is messy, imperfect, and real. The people who are most successful with planning are the ones who embrace the wins and the fails of both life and the pen stroke.

Inexpensive Notebooks Spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, and dollar store notebooks can all serve as a great foundation for your planning. The best thing about something that didn’t cost a lot is that it somehow seems to give you permission to make mistakes. That being said,

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inexpensive notebooks can be frustrating if you wish to mimic the clean look of layouts on blank or dot grid pages. The lines are often too wide, and the margin lines can interrupt the flow of your page. The pages are thin and somewhat transparent, which means that any paint or markers that you use will bleed through. If you decide to start with something inexpensive, I recommend using some simple washi tape to tape two pages together. This will give you a more substantial canvas to work on, and it doubles as a pocket to store stickers or note cards.

Quality Notebooks If you are looking for a nicer notebook with thicker pages, you will want to look for grid, dot grid, and blank journals. These higher-end journals usually start at about $20 and can last you an entire year as your planner. The quality of these pages is much better than the inexpensive notebooks and they are all at about the same level, so the style of the pages will guide your purchase decision. You will be looking for notebooks with pages of a paper weight around 90

Adding washi tape

gsm. This weight (and heavier) means that you will have less ghosting (in which your

along the outside

ink creates a shadow through to the other side) and bleeding (in which your ink actually

and bottom edges

soaks through to the other side) on the next pages. The pages are usually cream-colored paper, and should be acid free. Acid-free paper lasts much longer, and it won’t yellow or break down over time. Other common elements you might find in a more expensive

makes thin pages a little more beefy. The result doubles as a handy pocket.

notebook are an index, page numbers, a place for the date, or an expandable pocket in the back. These can all be helpful features when you are thinking about the layout of your planner.

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BREAKING IT DOWN Everyone’s planner is different, depending in part on the increments of planning that make sense for you. I’ll start you off with daily planning, then weekly, and we’ll work our way to big-picture planning for the year, and even goals for multiple years and special projects. I’ll also cover lots of different styles of layouts, ideas of what they could include, and what they might look like. Finally, I’ll share inspiration from my own planner as well as some popular spreads and planning layouts that you might want to use in your planner. I can’t wait to show you what you can do!

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COMPLEX WEEKLIES While simple layouts are fast and relatively easy to create, more complex layouts offer you the ability to track and record much more information and to customize the space to work most effectively for you. Though they are more time-consuming to create, they are a great way to organize your thoughts and conceptualize the big picture of your week. Before you plan your layout, take a few minutes and make yourself a list of the regular things you want to track or record. Common sections I’ve included in my planner are water intake (I’m notorious for drinking more coffee than I do water), exercise log, sleep tracker, school schedules/due dates, work deadlines, time trackers, meal planning, step log (great for those of us with a fitness watch), weight loss graph, weather, mood, and many others. Once you know what you want to track, you can start designing your own layout or copy one of mine.

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This weekly is one of my favorites. Although it offers a

and often create a top three for my week. I also

lot of detail, it only takes about 10 minutes to create.

purchased a packet of large sticky notes from the

Many years ago I discovered that creating a short,

dollar store and use one as my shopping list so I can

prioritized list of things that had to be done before all

take it out to the grocery store, come home, place a

else was key to a more productive and focused life. I

new sticky on the page, and create another list as the

have brought that same philosophy into my planning

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Time Tracker Tracking how I spend my time helps me pinpoint time wasters and assess how I might be more efficient in the weeks to come. In this layout I decided to track my time with a simple graph underneath each day. I also wanted to make sure I had space for something I was thankful for each day. Keeping track of my husband’s work schedule is one of the most important aspects of my week, though you could easily use a corner of your vertical planning boxes for weather or something else. I included my meal planning directly underneath the vertical daily boxes, which gave me more space for a shopping list.

MY STORY This style of tracking my sleep is helpful because it offers a lot of information. Rather than simply tracking how many hours I got each night, I can see what time I woke up and went to bed, which allows me to assess what tweaks I can make to get the right amount of rest.

Pencil Crayon Flourish Of all my detailed weeklies, this is my favorite. It offers me functionality as well as color and a few fun doodles. For this spread I didn’t use any fancy watercolors or pens, I just raided my kids’ pencil crayon stash. Keeping the dates in the middle permitted me to separate my personal and work lives, yet allowed me to see them both at once. My meal planner is the most detailed yet, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks.

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COLLECTIONS One of my favorite parts of planning is making collections. To me, it is a place to organize my thoughts and keep track of the details of my life. When I set up a collection, especially one that is a list of things to accomplish, I give that subject all my attention and think about how I can make the tasks related to it easier or more streamlined. Not only are my collections the most useful and reliable parts of my planner, but they are also one of my key strategies for day-to-day success. Here I’ll share lots of different examples from simple lists to artistic and detailed catalogs. I encourage you to flip through and look at the photos first, then read the background on the ones that you are drawn to for information on how and why I created them. This may well spark a new idea for you. Use the list from page 25 to brainstorm some of the collections you want to include in your planner and take a look at how diverse those can be!

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PLANNING For me, planning collections are instrumental in the day-to-day success of planning. I love adding creative flair with doodles and designs, and these collections give me inspiration and ideas when I am not sure where to start. They also help me keep track of important information that I need, such as a general planning routine so I don’t miss something, my favorite supplies and where to get them, quotes I want to use in my daily and weekly spreads, and more.

Doodle Ideas I love adding little doodles to my regular planning pages. Although I generally keep my doodles simple, I find that I enjoy using graphics and regularly need new ideas. To save searching through thousands of pins online, I created a simple doodle idea collection when I was feeling inspired in the front of my journal. I organized them by topic/subject so I can quickly find something that fits what I want to represent in my planner. If you like to use these kinds of touches on your pages, creating a reference will make choosing decorative elements for your pages much easier. If you need help, check out the traceable doodles starting on page 137.

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Banners and Headers Two of the elements I use the most in my planner are banners and headers. On many of my pages I use a variety of headers and accents to make my titles a bit more interesting. When I get bored with the same old designs, I pop over to this page and select a new design. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget the different sketches you’ve tried.

Hand-Lettering Combos When you are creating and designing your own planner, having a collection for a variety of hand-lettering combinations can serve as both inspiration and a framework. I generally have a few different fonts that I am drawn to, but I tend to get bored with the same look over and over. Seeing some different combinations gives me a fresh look in my pages, without wasting time searching on the internet for ideas.

COLLECTIONS

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STEP BY STEP We all love pretty planner pages, but many of us don’t feel capable of creating them. I used to think I could never do something like that, that I wasn’t artistic, that I didn’t have the knowledge or the experience or even the time to make anything beautiful in my planner. However, I have learned that you CAN draw if you take the time to sketch, copy, and study. You CAN paint once you understand the technique. The methods I share in this chapter are all suitable for beginners and are great ways to embellish your planner and make it just a little more “yours.” By following these simple steps, you can incorporate these techniques into your planner pages or use the steps as a jumping-off point for something completely different. STEP BY STEP

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Cheater Brush Lettering SUPPLIES

IF BRUSH LETTERING IS A CHALLENGE FOR YOU BUT

black marker paper

you love the look of it, this technique may be perfect for you. It’s a simple way

TIME 5–7 minutes

DIFFICULTY easy

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to build on your everyday cursive handwriting and turn it into a hand-lettered masterpiece with just a few swipes of your pen. This is the way I began my journal pages. It’s not only fast and easy, it’s also a great way to train your eye to recognize what brush lettering should look like and to get those gorgeous pages right from the very first day.

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Make Your Own Notebook SUPPLIES heavy cardstock for the cover (kraft paper or scrapbook paper work well) ruler pencil scissors bone folder paper for text pages paper cutter string (I like hemp or waxed thread) large sewing needle Optional: awl

MAKING YOUR OWN NOTEBOOKS IS HANDY SKILL. YOU can create them in any size that works for your style of planning. You can use them as inserts for your traveler’s notebook, as your everyday notebook or journal, or as a book to plan a special event. You can use fancy scrapbook paper or simple craft paper for your cover. For your pages, you can use anything from high-end watercolor paper to basic printer paper. It’s not only a great way to save some cash, but it also helps you focus on how you will be using your book right from the beginning.

TIME 25–30 minutes

DIFFICULTY easy

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RESOURCES Feather Traveler’s Notebook: This is from a little

Favorite Pens: I am a sucker for pens, but my

Etsy shop called Elrohir Leather. They hand make

workhorses are my Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens

beautiful, custom traveler’s notebooks. You can find

(find them on Amazon or tombowusa.com) and my

them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/elrohirleather.

Copic (imaginationinternationalinc.com/copic) or Micron (Amazon or your local craft store) in .05, 1,

Passport-Size Yellow Traveler’s Notebook: Find

and 2mm size felt markers. I can watercolor over

this beauty on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/

them, they don’t bleed, they dry quickly, and they are

PohakantenJournals.

crisp and clear.

Wallet Insert: You can get wallet inserts like this

Favorite Watercolors: I love my Koi watercolors. I

custom made at foxyfix.com. The particular one I

found them on Amazon and they are affordable and

had made was the Havasu Terracotta Wallet Insert

have great colors that blend beautifully! Just make

Couture No. 1 / Design 3 D 1.

sure you get yourself a decent brush set and you’re good to go.

Pink Standard Traveler’s Notebook: This is one of my favorites. I love the size, it fits perfectly into

Additional Supplies: If you are looking for photo

your hands, it has card slots built right in, and it is

corners, a heat tool for drying, nice pencil crayons,

excellent quality. You can snag this beauty along

or any other specialty supplies, you will likely have

with many others at Speckled Fawns at

the most success at a craft or scrapbooking store.

speckledfawns.com.

Everything from acrylic paint to double-sided tape can be found in those aisles!

Lion Traveler’s Notebook: This was my first custommade traveler’s notebook. I had this extra-wide size

Inspiration: There are simply too many gifted

created for my faith journaling at an Etsy shop called

journalers and planners to create a comprehensive

Alt Guild. Find it at https://www.etsy.com/shop/

list. I have found inspiration in a million different

altguild.

sites. Come find me and my social media on my site, rebeccaspooner.com. I handpick my top inspiration

Inserts: Many of the inserts shown in these pages are

each week and post it on Pinterest, Instagram, and

handmade. I purchased some of my larger ones from

more. You can find my links to my favorite people to

Elrohir Leather (my favorite are her cartridge paper

follow there.

inserts, which hold media very well). Favorite Notebooks: My top three notebooks right now are from doubleedgednotes.com, Leuchtturm (I usually get those on Amazon), and Rhodia (again, readily accessible on Amazon). These are all high-end notebooks that have beautiful paper and can be used in a wide variety of ways.

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INDEX A

acrylics 47, 100–102 Alastair method 62–63 alphabets 129, 131, 133 animal doodles 137 artistic planning 38–39, 40, 46, 59 assignments, school 76–77 A5 traveler’s notebooks 21 autofocus listing 29–30

B

backgrounds 53, 100–102 banners 81 bill payments 89 block lettering alphabets 131, 133 books to read 92 brain dump 37, 44 brush lettering 22, 106–109 bullet journaling 31, 32–33

C

Calendex 61–62, 63 cerebral planning 12, 13–14 Chronodex 56, 70 cleaning schedule 88 clips, decorative planner 118–119, 135 collections about 31 entertainment 92–93 family life 84–87 formats 37 home care 88–89 ideas 25 personal growth 90–91 planning 80–83 service 94–95 community volunteering 95 corner bookmarks 116–117 creative planning 12–13, 15, 44–47, 52–53 cursive brush font alphabet 129

D

daily planning 30, 31, 42–47 dates, special 84

dividers 36, 139 doodles animal 137 dividers 139 flowers and wreaths 141 ideas 80 planner 143 Dutch door 43

E

elder care 94 entertainment collections 92–93 erasers 22

F

family life 84–87 flower doodles 141 future logs 31, 34, 60–61, 62, 65

G

global causes 95 goals 91 grade tracker 77 grocery list 72 growth and stats tracker 74

H

habit trackers 66–67 hand-lettering combos 81 headers 81 home care 88–89

I

index 31, 32–33

K

key 31, 33

L

layered acrylic background 100–102 listing 29–30

M

meal planning 71–73, 87 measurements and sizes 85 memories collection 86 mileage tracker 75 minimalism 48, 56, 61 monthly planning 31, 35,

54–59, 135 mood tracker 66 movies to watch 92

S

ongoing work tasks 75 outdoor fun 93

scrapbook journaling 46, 53 scripting 39 semester overview 76 service collections 94–95 single-page layouts 55, 58, 67 sizes and measurements 85 specialty planning 66–77 Spiraldex 70 step by step projects 97–125 sticky notes 73 strikethru 30 student planning 76–77

P

T

N

notebooks about 22 grid, dot grid, and blank 18 inexpensive 16–17 making 122–125 quality 17 traveler’s 19–21

O

packing list 93 paperclips 118–119, 135 passport notebooks 20 pencil crayon flourish 51 pencils and pens 22–23 personal growth 90–91 photographic journaling 110–112 planner doodles 143 planner peace 6, 33 planning. see also specific topics about 6 cerebral vs. creative 12–15 collections 80–83 obstacles 27 process 35–40 routines 28, 82 supplies 82 types 29–31 your planner 24–26 pockets 120–121, 135 projects, step by step 97–125

tabs 113–115, 135 templates 135 10-minute tasks 90 things I love about... 87 things kids say 86 threading 31, 37–38 time trackers 51, 68–70 tools 22–23 Top Three layout 43 traveler’s notebooks 19–21 trees 52

Q

Y

quarterly planning 60–63 quotes 83

V

vertical layouts 55, 60, 65

W

watercolor artistic daily 46 watercolor background 53 watercolor ombre 98–99 watercolor tip in 103–105 weekly planning 48–53 work planning 74–75 wreath doodles 141

yearly planning 64–65

R

recharging 90 resources 126 routines 28, 75, 82, 91 rulers 22 INDEX

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T E M P L AT E S A N D T R A C E A B L E S

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